Tesla Not Showing Other Cars (9 Ways To Fix)

The Tesla vehicles which are now updated to full self-driving have one of the best features which is vehicle visualization.

This feature allows you to see what’s happening in your surroundings or which things are in your surroundings through the main screen or the instrument cluster. Faults in these features like Tesla not showing other cars are very concerning.

Imagine you are just a Tesla and you don’t see the cars that are moving around you or the lane you are driving in. Or you always use this feature while driving and one day you see nothing on your screen.

That’s what happened to us. So we researched and found all the possible causes and their solutions. In this article, we are going to explain these causes and their solutions.

Let’s get started…

What things does Tesla visualize?

The animation in the early versions of Tesla was fairly simple due to the Autopilot feature. But with the upgrading of this feature to full self-driving, the animations have become more detailed.

Below is the list of things that you can see through your touchscreen and interact with.

  • Vulnerable road users i.e. pedestrians, cyclists, dogs, etc.
  • Scalable vehicle models.
  • Vector-based lanes.
  • Your own path.
  • Garbage cans
  • Traffic cones
  • Traffic lights
  • Poles
  • Garbage cans
  • Road markings
  • Crosswalks
  • Speed limit signs
  • Stop sign
  • And many more…..

So now you can imagine why this problem is so concerning.

Now I’m going to explain to you the causes and solutions for this problem.

How to fix Tesla not showing other cars

There is no problem that can’t be solved. The solutions for Tesla not showing other cars are Autopilot not yet calibrated, Firmware version, Changed autopilot settings, soft resetting the software, Hard resting the software, fixing the sensors and cameras, and recalibrations of sensors and cameras.

Now I am going to explain these causes and their possible solution to fix Tesla not showing other cars. So stay with us…

01. Autopilot not yet calibrated

You need to calibrate the autopilot when you have got a brand-new car. You also need to calibrate the autopilot when your Tesla has gone under any kind of major repairs. Your Tesla can calibrate yourself but sometimes you need to do it by yourself.

Follow these steps to calibrate the autopilot,

  • Go to an area that has clear lane markings, clear signs, good GPS reception, and minimum traffic.
  • Go to “Autopilot settings”.
  • Look for “enable autopilot calibration”.
  • Follow the instructions that the screen displays.
  • Ensure that you are driving in the required speed range (25 – 50 mph).
  • Ensure that your vehicle remains in the center of the lane.
  • Ensure to maintain a consistent driving pattern.
  • Drive your Tesla to the specific distance to collect enough data for calibration (30 to 100 miles).
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the calibration of autopilot.

If your car has gone under a major repair then you need to clear the existing calibration and redo the calibration.

To delete the existing calibration follow these steps,

  • Go to controls.
  • Open service.
  • Tap on camera calibration.
  • Tap on clear calibration
  • Now follow the steps that I have explained to calibrate.

02. Firmware version

Another reason for this issue is that if you have just bought a new Tesla, your system is running on a factory firmware version that doesn’t support the latest and most advanced visualization.

Check the firmware number of your Tesla. If there is a “106” number in the last of the firmware number, then you are using a factory firmware version. You need to update the firmware version.

To update the firmware follow these steps;

  • Ensure that your Tesla vehicle is connected to a stable Wi-Fi network.
  • Navigate to the “Settings” menu.
  • Tap on “software update”.
  • Check for available updates.
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to initiate the update.
  • Download the firmware.
  • Install the firmware.
  • Once the firmware has updated, restart your vehicle.

03. Check autopilot settings

Sometimes what happens is that we might have changed the settings of autopilot and have disabled some features due to a slip of touch. Or someone else has done this job. So checking your autopilot settings and enabling the disabled features can fix this problem.

To check the autopilot settings follow these steps;

  • Locate and select the “Controls” or “Settings” menu.
  • Look for the option “Autopilot”.
  • Select it to access the Autopilot settings.
  • Save and Confirm Changes

04. Soft resetting the software

Due to glitches and bugs that may have entered your Tesla software due to some third-party apps or devices or due to some updates. In this situation, the best solution is performing a soft reset.

Follow these steps to perform a soft reset; 

  • Ensure that you are seated in the driver’s seat and the vehicle is parked.
  • Press and hold the two scroll wheels buttons.
  • Hold the buttons until the touchscreen turns off and the Tesla logo appears.
  • Now release the buttons and wait for the touch screen to reboot.

05. Updating the software

Sometimes, your Tesla needs the latest version of the software to perform well while you have not installed the latest version. You should update your vehicle software to the latest one.

Follow these steps to update the software;

  • Ensure that your Tesla vehicle is connected to a stable network.
  • Tap on the “Controls” icon on the screen.
  • Select “Software” from the menu.
  • Look for the “Software Update” button to check for available updates.
  • Click on “Install Now“.

06. Hard resting the software

If the soft reset does not remove the glitches and fix the problem then performing a hard reset is the solution you should go for. You should try the hard reset only if you have tried all the other solutions.

To perform the hard reset follow these steps,

  • Ensure that your Tesla is parked, and the vehicle is turned off.
  • Open the front trunk and locate the 12V battery.
  • Disconnect the Negative Terminal from the battery.
  • Leave the negative terminal disconnected for at least 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Reconnect the Negative Terminal and Turn on your Tesla.

07. Checking the sensors and cameras

Tesla uses sensors and cameras to detect the presence of other vehicles and other things like pedestrians, dogs, poles, etc.

Malfunctioning of these sensors can cause the problem of Tesla. Faulty sensors and cameras are the main reason for the malfunction.

You need some professional assistance to fix your faulty sensors and cameras. Contact Tesla customer support or visit the nearest dealership. Professionals will inspect your sensors and camera and will fix them and will replace them with new ones if needed.

08. Recalibrations of the sensors and cameras

Errors in the calibration of sensors and cameras can also cause the problem.

Recalibrating the sensors and camera can also fix the problem.

To recalibrate the sensors you need to contact Tesla customer support. They will recalibrate the sensors of your Tesla and will fix the problems for you.

To recalibrate the camera follow the following steps,

  • Park the vehicle at a suitable location.
  • Put the vehicle into Service Mode.
  • Navigate to the Autopilot or Camera settings menu.
  • Look for an option related to camera calibration.
  • Select it to access the camera calibration menu.
  • Follow On-Screen Instructions to initiate the recalibration.
  • Start the Calibration Process.
  • Wait patiently until the process is complete.

09. Connect customer support

We have tried and discussed all the problems that can cause the issue of Tesla not showing other cars. Try to connect the Tesla customer service. They will diagnose the problem and will assist you to fix this problem.

Final thoughts

So far we have discussed all the possible causes and solutions for the problem of Tesla not showing other cars. The problems and solutions are explained in this article. The solutions include

  1. Autopilot not yet calibrated
  2. Firmware version
  3. Changed autopilot settings
  4. Soft resetting the software
  5. Updating the software
  6. Hard resting the software
  7. Fixing the sensors and cameras
  8. Recalibrations of sensors and cameras
  9. Connect customer support

We have discussed all these in detail and answered some questions that you might have in your mind.

If you have something to share with us about this topic feel free to contact us. We would love to hear from you.

Can a dirty camera affect my Tesla’s ability to detect other cars?

Yes, a dirty camera can impact your Tesla’s ability to detect other cars.

Could a malfunctioning radar or camera be the cause of my Tesla not displaying other cars? 

Yes, a malfunctioning radar or camera could potentially be the cause of your Tesla not showing other cars.

Is it normal for a Tesla to occasionally not show other cars?

No, it’s not normal however there could be situations where other cars may not be displayed on the screen.

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